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Jun 15 2012

A personal best-of

As promised, I’ve assembled an overview of my past work for any newcomers who want to familiarize themselves with my videos. This is only a small sampling of 350+ videos spanning four years, but I consider these to be the ones that best represent my body of work.

First, a roundup of countless misconceptions about atheism, helpfully provided by Ron Rosenbaum (text):

Next, an exploration of how the absence of evidence can sometimes serve as evidence of absence (text):

An explanation of why there’s usually no ethical imperative for transgender people to disclose their trans status to sexual partners (text):

Why cisgender is a valid and important term (text):

How the idea of “choice” in sexual orientation fails to disprove its general immutability (text):

Why efforts to “cure” homosexuality will likely prove futile (text):

Why objections to drawing Muhammad are faulty (text):

I later ate my drawing of Muhammad in protest of threats by radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki:

My response to a woman who was outraged about having to “tolerate” the “immorality” of gay people holding hands in a public park (text):

How Christian conservatives have cited the religious homophobia of Islamic extremists as a reason to restrict our own freedom (text):

Why we should boycott the anti-gay Salvation Army (text):

How trying to claim ownership of an idea of Jesus that supports our values only reinforces the supposed authority of Jesus (text):

How the Book of Job functions to explain away random misfortune in the world and attribute it to God (text):

How homophobes selectively redefine the alleged purposes of marriage in order to exclude gay couples (text):

Why concerns about being seen as “bigoted” are completely selfish and a roadblock to progress (text):

Why past injustices experienced by other minority groups aren’t cause for dismissing the importance of LGBT rights (text):

Why it isn’t okay to use “gay” as an insult (text):

Why treating gay people as abnormal is just an excuse for pathologization (text):

On the homophobes who insist that gay kids must be kept in the closet to protect them from homophobes (text):

Why gay kids shouldn’t have to keep their sexual orientation a secret any more than straight kids (text):

A Fox reporter compares the presence of gay characters on television to “product placement” (text):

On people who decide that food from an anti-gay fast food chain is more important than LGBT rights (text):

On the ridiculous expectations imposed upon minorities (text):

Why we should be “teaching gay marriage” in schools (text):

A poem for Rick Santorum (text):

My personal history with Wikileaks suspect Private Manning (text):

Finally, my interview with the Westboro Baptist Church at a protest:

Dig in!

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  1. 1
    Besomyka

    Awesome! Thanks for culling it a bit. I had gone to your youtube channel, but you have been so prolific that it was a bit overwhelming.

  2. 2
    postman

    That’s a useless post. You should watch every single one of Zinnia’s video. Go now, stop wasting time!

  3. 3
    Valerie C

    My favorite is the trans disclosure video, one you brought up at the top of the list. I think you should do another on the subject.

    Shamelessly I’m evening going to offer incentive to do just that. The topic was actually brought up in one of the forums I frequent where I posted a link for the above video. A transphobic debater responded extensively to your video in addition to what the rest of us where throwing at him. If you ever have a slow rant day it would be a good subject to visit again. Here’s the link to their post arguing against your video:
    http://intjforum.com/showthread.php?p=2634742#post2634742

    1. 3.1
      Zinnia Jones

      While I don’t usually make a habit of seeking out people on other forums who disagree with me just so I can refute them at length – let alone in a thread that’s actually titled “Traps, ok or not?” and appears to revolve around straight cis men’s penises – I’m impressed that this fellow would really rather spend hours defending his refusal to express his preferences than spend five seconds simply expressing those preferences up-front.

  4. 4
    Anna

    Really glad to have the short “greatest hits” summary. Will be able to send a single link rather then searching for a bunch when someone says something stupid. You have been a good resource for me on a number of issues. Saves me typing out explanations and you say it better than I can usually :)

  5. 5
    Mark Eagleton

    You had me at “the absence of evidence of absence is not evidence of the absence of absence.”

    You make the Internet better.

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